There we go. Even thought this isn’t the last book by Oliver Bowden on Assassin’s Creed, but “Assassin’s Creed: Revelations” (“Ace Books” 2011; ISBN 978-1-937007-42-3; 498p.) is the last one on Ezio Auditore. The famous assassin mentor of whom even Altair would’ve been proud. And out of all books on him so far, this one is the best written.
“My name is Ezio Auditore. When I was a young man, I had liberty, but I did not see it; I had time, but I did not know it; and I had love, but I did not feel it. It would be thirty long years before I understood the meaning of all three.” – 475p
Ezio’s journey takes him to Istanbul, where once, bidden by their master Altair, friends of assassins hid keys to the greatest library of all. A library so full of knowledge, that naturally – templars need it too. Funny how those guys never seem to have anything of their own. And when they do – it’s something they stole from assassins. Which leads to Ezio not only requiring to find the other keys, but steal back what templars stole before.
New allies and new enemies await him in Istanbul, among them – assassins with plenty of knowledge to share with their old mentor. Weapons he never seen, new ways to travel across the city and best of all – a resourceful woman named Sofia. A woman that helps him start a whole new journey and bring up the courage to finally put it to an end.
Ottomans are at war with each other, and while Ezio has been warned to stay away from their affairs – sadly their interests cross with the assassin interests. Which leads to many grave mistakes. And this is something I truly like in these heroes of ours. Including templar Haytham – each one of them, the assassins, was a flawed one. They made mistakes, stumbled, cried over it, got up and went forth again. Non of them was perfect or inhuman.
Thus, I give this book 5 out of 5, a long awaited perfect score. And do let me remind you, that these books are good to those wishing to recall the story AND to those who have no interest in the games. They’re just good books of people who are neither good nor bad. As Geralt of Rivia said: there’s no evil or good, just decisions and consequences.